This is the first Summer in years we haven’t bought season tickets to the Hollywood Bowl. Between my work schedule and saving for a new property it seemed like the smart move and so far I haven’t missed it. We’re still planning to catch a few shows but don’t have every weekend planned.
The Hollywood Bowl is one of my all-time favorite venues. A giant, open-air amphitheater at the base of the Hollywood Hills it looks stunning and has a very relaxed atmosphere. It also attracts tons of local talent. Best of all, the Summer concerts allow you to bring your own wine and beer. Usually we’ll picnic before a show but, on special occasions, we eat at the fancy wine bar just inside the entrance.
This salad was inspired by a dish from that wine bar and the flavors capture the easy elegance of an evening at the Bowl – fresh tomatoes and cucumber, sweet melon, creamy burrata, refreshing mint and just a hint of finishing salt and dressing to tie it all together. It’s a surprisingly wonderful combination.
The simpler the recipe, the more important the quality of ingredients so use the freshest produce you can find.
This salad takes only a few minutes to prepare but has layers of flavor that make it a great beginning to an impressive summer meal or a simple, light lunch. Paleo and gluten-free, it should meet most guests’ dietary requirements.
- 1/2 English cucumber
- 1 pint heirloom tomatoes, 1 inch dice or halved, if small
- 1/2 cantaloupe, 1 inch dice
- 1/2 honeydew, 1 inch dice
- 4 oz burrata
- 2 tbs fresh mint, chopped
- coarse kosher or pink Himalayan salt
- 1 tsp yogurt
- 1/2 tsp honey
- 1/2 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp lime juice
- water to thin, as needed
Combine dressing ingredients and set aside.
Use a vegetable peeler to create thin ribbons of cucumber.
Combine cucumber ribbons, tomato, cantaloupe and honeydew in a large bowl and divide between 4 plates.
Dollop each plate with 1 ounce of burrata, sprinkle with fresh mint an a generous pinch of salt.
Drizzle with a small amount of dressing and serve.
Total Fat 8.0g
Saturated Fat 4.2g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Total Carbohydrates 9.0g
Dietary Fiber 1.8g
Weight Watchers Points: 3